We’re a little obsessed with anything royal, from Duchess Kate’s impeccable fashion sense to monarchs who ruled 100 years ago. And this year hasn’t been short of royal TV shows to feed our fascination…
Here’s our list of the top royal TV shows you simply can’t miss:
This moving biographical drama, focusing on the life of Queen Elizabeth, cleaned up at this year’s awards season, and rightly so. Claire Foy plays the lead role of Elizabeth who’s constantly forced to choose between her personal life and the welfare of England after she’s crowned monarch at the tender age of 27. The series is beautifully shot, and tracks personal and political events in the first half of the 20th century. Definitely worth binge watching!
Back for a second season in September, this series is simply stunning. Based on the life story of Queen Victoria and her marriage to German royal, Prince Albert – a relationship that spanned most of the 1800s – this story follows everything from trouble with handmaids to the attempt on Victoria’s life and the births of her children. You’ll love the lavish costumes, castle settings and brilliant performances by Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes in the two lead roles.
Season two starts this September on ITV Choice, DStv channel 12
Watch a sneak peek of the next season here:
Kate’s Wardrobe Secrets
Who hasn’t, at some point, been terribly envious of this royal’s impeccable fashion repertoire? In this one hour TV special, Kate Middleton’s wardrobe secrets are revealed as you find out more about her favourite labels, the styles she chooses to flatter her figure, and her go-to designers. We also get insight on Kate’s choices from celebrities, stylists, fashion writers and bloggers who pick their favourite looks.
On Thursday 27 July at 8pm on ITV Choice, DStv channel 123
War and Peace
This six-part mini-series, based on Leo Tolstoy’s celebrated novel, is packed with drama and heart-breaking stories of love in the time of war. The all-star cast features the likes of Lily James, James Norton and Paul Dano who tell the story of Russian nobility over a period that spans the Russian war against Napoleon. It’s poignant and emotional, and will leave you wanting to start again at the first episode. The waltz between Prince Andrei and Natasha is something you won’t easily forget.
Watch the trailer here:
Prince Harry In Africa
In this captivating TV film, Prince Harry returns to Lesotho to continue working on the children’s charity he set up there over 10 years ago.
On Thursday 20 July at 8pm on ITV Choice, DStv channel 123
And one extra…
Not a TV show, and not technically about a royal family, but we couldn’t leave this off our list – and, Jackie O and JF Kennedy are certainly considered American royalty in our book. Natalie Portman delivers one of her best performances yet as the grieving and mentally shattered widow, Jackie Kennedy, who must face a lonely life in the spotlight after she loses her husband in the famous assassination. It’s a stark and revealing look at one of the bravest and most renowned first-ladies we’ve ever seen.
Watch the trailer here:
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